Re: Frampton, Brakhage, RE:VOIR

From: marilyn brakhage (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Feb 17 2010 - 13:37:06 PST

The selection of titles for By Brakhage, Volume Two, were actually
made a couple of years ago, and at that time, I was, indeed, expecting
that Pip might be expanding the distribution of Anticipation of the
Night -- but no doubt he's been busy with other projects in the
meantime. Perhaps it will happen soon.

However, as to the larger question of 'getting the big picture' of
Brakhage's aesthetic project, here are a few of my thoughts:

I agree that Anticipation is a great and important work. I don't
agree, however, that it's impossible to understand Brakhage without
having seen that one particular film
On 15-Feb-10, at 11:53 AM, David Tetzlaff wrote:

> Thanks Marilyn, for your explanation about Anticipation. None of us
> can fault anyone for showing consideration to Pip, who graciously
> provides this forum for us and works so hart to support the work we
> care about.
> The fact remains, though, that the RE:VOIR version of Anticipation
> is only available in PAL, only on VHS, and does not seem to be
> distributed in the US. All of these seriously limit the work's
> accessibility to the broad audience it deserves (spare me 'rent the
> print' posts, we're already comparing video sales to video sales.)
> If you're trying to explain Brakhage to anyone, as part of a class,
> or just informally, how do you NOT talk about the ideas from
> Metaphors and Vision, and then illustrate the move away from
> representation to hypnogogic vision in Anticipation? If you have
> what comes before (I really love Way to Shadow Garden from Treasures
> 4 as a precursor) and what comes after (DSM and on) but leave out
> the hole in the middle, it just seems to me like you cripple the
> attempt to get the big picture of Brakhage's aesthetic project. And
> since I think that big picture is really fascinating, I think that's
> a damn shame.

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